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Stuck front axle

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02-12-2003 17:28:48

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I am trying to move the front axle out on my JD730 wide front without any luck. I have oiled and sprayed it. If I was to pull the tire off and put a come along on it and apply pressure is there a chance it would slide out some. Maybe keep pressure on it and take a block and sledge and tonk it. Must be a way to get these to slide out of the main frame easily. I still have to adjust the othere side! Thanks.


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02-13-2003 16:01:45

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 Re: Stuck front axle in reply to Larry, 02-12-2003 17:28:48  
Larry, if those outer axle "knees" haven't been moved in a while you will have a hard time freeing them up. The problem is, all the oil spraying & soaking doesn't penetrate to where the rust & stuck areas are. I doubt a come along will apply enough pressure to move them. You can try it & you might get lucky. If you want to move them in a short amount of time probably heat [& lots of it] will be required & even then it will require some twisting & beating with a large hammer & block of hard wood.
~There are many methods of moving those knees & you have to pick the one that fits your equipment, time frame & degree of axle seizure. ~If you are in a hurry, sometimes using a bottle jack & piece of hardwood timber between the outer knee spindle housings then heating the axle housing with a rose bud tip on your torch will move them, it might help to pull the spindles & put a long pipe in the spindle tubes to help twist the knee while heating & jacking.
~If you have the time, sometimes just plugging the open adjustment holes & installing a large rubber plug in the inner axle housing openings, then filling the knee with used engine oil will help loosen it over time. After soaking it for as long as you can, remove the locking bolt & install one slightly smaller & leave it loose, then use the tractor until you see it move [if it does you are usually home free]. Once you get a little movement you can pull the spindle & put a long rod in the knuckle then work the knee back & forth while pulling outward on the bar or using your come along. I have even had some luck using a long bolt in an exposed locking bolt hole with a pipe over the bolt. Again once you get the knee to turn a little you can usually work it out with a twisting motion. If you can get some penetrating oil in the rusted areas then use a rose bud tip on your torch & heat the axle housing the heat will sometimes pull the oil towards the heat & expand the outer housing enough to allow the oil to get in the frozen areas. Heat & persistence will eventually get it loose. Resist the urge to use a hammer directly on the knees or housing as the hammer damage will be almost impossible to remove when the tractor is restored.
~Be very careful while working on the axle, it is easy to get hurt if a jack or pipe or pry bar slips off while pressure is being applied.
~Let us know when you get it apart.......

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John T

02-13-2003 05:25:46

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 Re: Stuck front axle in reply to Larry, 02-12-2003 17:28:48  
Hi Larry, Ive been there done that and got the T Shirt. The best luck Ive had doing that is the old heat n beat procedure. Ive used chains and hydraulic porta powers or posts and hydraulic jacks, but its a prob sometimes from them kicking out. What worked for me is to heat the outer tube and while the jacks or porta power has it under heavy presure, to beat the tubes to shock thigns loose plus hammer outward and keep increasing the pressure and heat while hammering. Its not a pretty sight and leaves hammer marks, but its no job for sissys lol. Good luck God Bless n be careful. ol John T

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